Continuing the Push for Immigration Reform

Several months after the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill (S. 744), the House companion bill (H.R. 15) has essentially stalled with only three Republican cosponsors. Although Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has not budged, many Members of Congress believe that if the Senate bill was brought to a vote on the House side, it would pass. As such, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has indicated that she intends to move forward with a discharge petition to force a vote regardless of whether the House Republican leadership wants to consider the bill. This important legislation offers a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, protects families, improves immigration enforcement, treats American and immigrant workers, fairly, and strengthens our economy. Both Senate and House bills also include several crucial humanitarian fixes for refugees and asylum seekers.